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Examining the Anti-Genocide Movement

The Encyclopædia Brittanica defines a social movement as a “loosely organized but sustained campaign in support of a social goal, typically either the implementation or the prevention of a change in society’s structure or values.”  Social movements have leveraged enduring change in the U.S. and around the world, from the civil rights movements to organizing workers’ rights, and to ending apartheid in South Africa.  Today, there is another social movement that has grown over the years—one that has mobilized thousands to pay attention to suffering around the world: the anti-genocide movement.  The Carl Wilkens Fellowship plays an important role within the larger movement as it brings together community leaders and activists to share resources, experiences, and advice.  When I first began my journey as a Carl Wilkens Fellow I was struck by the stories from the Ferguson unrest and the beginnings of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which in turn led me to investigate the larger anti-genocide movement.  What exactly constitutes the anti-genocide movement, who are the actors, what are the ultimate goals, and what is the movement’s future?  I sought to explore these questions and more through a qualitative survey.  The following paper summarizes a bit of what I learned.

A Snapshot of the Anti-Genocide Movement

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Andalisa Lopez

Andalisa Lopez is a nonprofit professional working in Washington, DC with extensive experience organizing others around social justice issues and has been working in the nonprofit sector for six years.

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